Chile-Argentina-Bolivia 21 days

 

Day 1. Santiago de Chile Arrival – city tour
Today you arrive in Santiago. Once arrived in the International Airport of Santiago, our team will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. After a short briefing, we start the city tour. The sights today include the old district, Club Hípico, the San Francisco church, the Government Palace, Main Square, Santa Lucía Hill, the San Cristóbal Hill from where we have a panoramic view of the city and last the most modern district in the city.

Day  2. Santiago - Valparaiso and Viña del Mar – Santiago
Today we visit Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. Nicknamed “The Jewel of the Pacific”, Valparaíso was declared a world heritage site based upon its improvised urban design and unique architecture. In 1996, the World Monuments Fund declared Valparaiso’s unusual system of funicular elevators (highly-inclined cable cars) one of the world’s 100 most endangered historical treasures and the city was declared a World Heritage Site in 2003. Built upon dozens of steep hillsides overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Valparaíso boasts a labyrinth of streets and cobblestone alleyways, embodying a rich architectural and cultural legacy. We continue to Viña del Mar which is Chile’s main tourist attraction and also known as “La Ciudad Jardin” (The Garden City). You can have lunch in one of the many seaside restaurants and in the afternoon we visit the town: the Casino which is one the oldest gambling establishments in South America, walk along the beach, Reñaca and of course the botanic garden Quinta Vergara where the biggest musical festival in Latin American is celebrated each year. We return to Santiago where the evening is free to enjoy the last day on the South American continent.

Day  3. Santiago – Calama – San Pedro de Atacama – Valle de la Luna
After breakfast you are transferred to the airport for the flight to Calama (connecting in Santiago). After arrival to the airport of Calama you will be transferred to San Pedro de Atacama. In the afternoon we start the tour by visiting the Valle de la Luna. The Valle de la Luna was created through centuries with stone and sand formations in extraordinary colours and textures making it look similar to the surface of the moon. The valley is also considered one of the driest places on earth as some areas have not received rain in hundreds of years. We will see the salt statues “Las Tres Marias”, the salt mine and the salt caverns and from a large sand dune we can really appreciate the view of the valley.

Day  4. San Pedro de Atacama– Tatio Geyser field – Valle de la Luna – San Pedro de Atacama
We leave very early to visit the enormous geyser field “Los Géiseres del Tatio”. With over 80 active geysers it is the largest geyser field in the southern hemisphere. We have breakfast on the site before heading back to San Pedro de Atacama by the village Machuca. In the afternoon we visit the Valle de la Luna which was created through the centuries by floods and winds giving it an extraordinary colour and texture. The valley is also considered one of the driest places on earth, as some areas have not received a single drop of rain in hundreds of years!! We return to San Pedro de Atacama and the rest of the evening is free.*

* Depending on the season and the weather, the itinerary will change and there are some sights which are not always accessible!

Day  5. San Pedro de Atacama– Salar de Tara – San Pedro de Atacama
After breakfast we leave to visit the Salar de Tara which is only accessible by 4WD. The Salar de Tara is located approx. 100 km from San Pedro de Atacama in the National Reserve Los Flamencos and is probably one of the most impressive landscapes on the Altiplano. Situated at 4300m of altitude the salar is surrounded by volcanoes and we’ll see numerous volcanic rock formations, created by centuries of erosion, which present some particular formations; Guardianes de la Pacana (the guards of the Pacana), which are enormous stone pillars that rise vertically and lonely from the deserts sand, or the Farallón de Tara (craggy stone). After this impressive visit we return to San Pedro de Atacama and the evening is free.*

* Depending on the season and the weather, the itinerary will change and there are some sights which are not always accessible!

Day 6. San Pedro de Atacama – Salta City Tour
Early in the morning, we will be transferred to the bus terminal to take the bus to Salta. During the course we will see impressive landscapes and colorful mountains. The bus will stop at Susques where we will need to follow the formalities to cross the Chileo-Argentinian border. We will arrive in Salta at night.

Day 7. Salta – Cachi – Molinos – Cafayate
Early in the morning, we leave to drive to the small village of Cachi. From Salta the road offers a nice landscape composed with forests, canyons « Quebradas », rivers and high mountains. The road goes through « La cuesta del Obispo » and up to 3348 m where we can appreciate a full view on the valley. Then we continue on la « Recta de Tin Tin », ancient road use by the Incas et goes to the national park « Los Cardones » where we can observe the Mountain Cachi 6380 m. Cachi village is located at the bottom of this mountain and we will visit and discover the church classified National Historic Monument. We will be also able to walk around Cachi or visit the Cachi historic museum. Later we will drive on the R.N 40 and visit Colte the handcraft road and the village of Seclantás, Molinos, San Carlos located in the « Quebrada de las Flechas » and its wonderful landscape. We will spend the night in Cafayate famous for its white wine Torrontes.

Note : 295 km, around 6 hours driving

Day 8.
Cafayate – Quebrada de las Conchas – Salta
Today we will discover the impressive and marvelous « Quebrada de las Conchas » where we will enjoy the sight of several geologic phenomenon. We will go back to the hotel in Salta at the end of the afternoon.

Day 9. Salta – Iguazu
Free morning. In the early afternoon we will head to Salta airport to join Iguazu.Our team will welcome you and transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day will be free.

Day 10. Iguazu Argentinian side
We leave the hotel and be transferred to the airport of Salta to flight to National Park of Foz de Iguazu. Once arrived our team will pick you up to drive to the hotel.This park was created in 1934 and measure 55.000 hectares. There are 275 falls from 30 to 80 meters high. An ecologic train and 3 stations have been built in purpose to preserve the environment of each tour. The lower tour (1700m) has 8 belvederes on a terrace which allow a direct contact with the vegetation and the waterfalls.

The higher tour (1200m) which cross from the top part of the waterfalls Dos Hermanas, Chico, Ramírez, Bossetti, Adán y Eva, Bernabé Méndez, and finish in Mbigua and got 6 belvederes where we can appreciate the rainbow formed by the San Martin, Escondido, Dos Mosqueteros, Rivadavia and Tres Mosqueteros waterfalls. We continue toward Puerto Canoas 3 kilometers away from the Iguazu river bank where the third terrace start, from there we the best view on the most impressive waterfalls: La garganta del diablo. In the center of the waterfall there is the island of San Martin where we can walk, 650 meters and 172 steps to access the different panoramas views. We will be able to appreciate the different panoramas like this one use in the movie Mission (1986) take precisely from this spot. We will walk also on the green path (600m), and observe the animal and plants. After this nice and impressive visit, we will go back to the hotel where the rest of the days is free.

DAY 11. Iguazu Brazilian side
After breakfast we will visit the Iguazu Waterfall Brazilian side. We will discover through the bridge and miradors the Floriano et Teodora da Fonseca waterfalls and finish our visit with the San Martin waterfalls with a complete view on the waterfalls and on San Martin Island. The rest of the day is free.

Day 12. Iguazu – Salta – Purmamarca – Humahuaca
In the morning we will leave the hotel and be transferred to the airport of Iguazu and flight to Salta. Once arrived at Salta airport our team will pick you up and drive you to Humahuaca. The rest of the days will be free.

Day 13. Humahuaca – La Quiaca/Villazon – Tupiza
We will continue our route to the north of Argentina to reach the border Argentino-Bolivian La Quiaca / Villazón. After the administrative formalities of immigration and customs control, we will enter Bolivia and continue to Tupiza.

Day 14. Tupiza
This city, with an average temperature of 18 to 32 degrees, is located in southern Chichas. This oasis named the pearl of Bolivia is full of impressive scenery. The valley of Tupiza shelters a kind people, "los chicheños". Colorful landscapes with reddish earth and ocher tones, cacti decorating the space and rocks carved by water. After breakfast we will go to our triathlon tour to discover the surroundings of Tupiza and these colorful valleys by bike, on foot and on horseback. During our trek we can admire the cactus and Queñuas forests, and the spectacular surrounding mountains. We'll follow the footsteps of the famous butch bandits Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid. We will have lunch while admiring the landscapes to continue our course and we will go towards San Miguel, Salo, the Apacheta del camino de herradura, Huaca Huañusca until the hostal.

Day 15. Tupiza – San Pablo de Lípez
After breakfast we will leave early to San Pablo de Lípez. We will visit the "Quebrada De Palala" with spectacular formations of red rocks, then we will visit "El Sillar" or "Valle de la Luna" with craters and eroded earth formations reminiscent of the moon's landscapes. Then we will continue to different mining areas and we will pass through the village of Nazarenito, which lives mainly from the exploitation of gold. We will also pass through Chilcobija, considered the deepest antimony mine in the world, Cerrillos, Polulos and Río San Pablo before arriving at the abandoned village of San Antonio de Lípez. We will arrive in San Pablo de Lípez in the middle of the afternoon and we will have the rest of the day free.

Day 16. San Pablo de Lípez – Laguna Verde
Head west towards the wonders of southern Lípez. Visit the ancient village of San Antonio de Lípez, better known as the ghost village, abandoned for reasons we do not know, then we will go down to the lagoon Morejón. We continue our way to the village of Quetena, Kollpa Laguna to enter the National Wildlife Reserve Eduardo Avaroa by the Salar de Challviri where we will stop to take a bath at the thermal baths of Polques. After this swim at 4200 we continue heading south towards the desert of Dali, reverence to the Catalan artist for the unreal and natural colors of this fantastic landscape that we will remember the colorful touch of the master. Then we will continue our trip to Laguna Verde and Blanca at the foot of Licancahur, where we can stop to take some pictures. Laguna Verde owes its green color to its high concentration of lead carbonate, sulfur arsenic and calcium. Thank you for not bathing! From Laguna Verde we will go to Laguna Verde refuge.

Day 17. Reserva Nacional de Fauna Andina "Eduardo Avaroa" – Damas del desierto - Dali desert – Geyser de Sol de Mañana – Polques Thermal Spring  – Laguna Colorada – Ojo de Perdíz
We will continue our journey by borrowing the tracks of South Lipez, on our way we will observe the "Ladies of the Desert" important rock of several tons cut by the winds and placed in this desert landscape of South Lipez, then we will cross the desert of Dali, reverence to the Catalan artist for the unreal and natural colors of this fantastic landscape that will remind us of the colorful touch of the master. We will go from art to geology by visiting the seething geysers of Sol de Mañana, an impressive geothermal  field of the region, mud wells boiling with accentuated sulfur smells. Our visit continues towards the thermal bath of Polques, swimming pool of natural hot water in which we will be able to bathe, if one wishes it. We will visit the Laguna Colorada, which owes its name to its reddish color caused by microscopic crustaceans, the main nutrient of flamingos, which owes its pink color. Due to climate change and the strong evaporation of the Altiplánico basin, the water level of the lagoons in the region is rapidly decreasing, which year after year limits the Flemish population. We will visit the tree of Peter (thank you not to try to climb the tree) planted in the desert of Siloli and finally after this busy day we will end at the northern end of it for a well deserved rest.

Day 18. Ojo de Perdíz/Huallajara – Ruta de las Joyas Alto Andina (Lag. Colorada – Lagunas Ramaditas, Honda, Chiar Khota, Hedionda, Cañapa) – Siloli Desert – Ollagüe Volcano – Salar de Chiguana – San Pedro de Quemez
Our way up North Cape continues. We will cross the famous jewel route composed of Ramaditas Lagoon, Honda, Chiar Khota, Hedionda and Cañapa before crossing the Salar de Chiguana and past the railroad Uyuni - Ollagüe owned by the FCA (Empresa Ferroviaria Andina). We will follow the railway to arrive in the middle of the afternoon to San Pedro de Quemez, the first Bolivian village burned by the Chilean army during the Pacific War, where we spend the night. The rest of the day will be free.

Day 19. San Pedro de Quemez/Puerto Chuvica – Salar de Uyuni – Tahua
We will leave the small village of San Pedro de Quemez and we will have the opportunity to visit the "Cueva de las Galaxias" strange phenomenon of fossilized algae, which reminds us that the ocean was present in this area and as far as Oruro. In the cave next door we can see the Chullpas, Inca funerary remains that fills this cave size consistent. Then we will go up to the watchtower where we will enjoy a breathtaking view of the desert and also observe the fossilized corals that once had to be part of an impressive barrier reef if you bother to look around. After this amazing visit we will continue and we will enter the famous Salar of Uyuni the largest salt desert in the world with an area of 10582km². This salar has the particularity of containing a reserve of 9 million tons of Lithium 40% of world production. We will drive to Incahuasi Island which by mistake is better known as Fisherman's Island. This geological formation which is a petrified coral remains is covered with giant cactus that are up to 12m tall. From the highest point of the island we will have a breathtaking 360 ° view of the Salar of Uyuni. After lunch and a stroll on the island we will head north of the salar towards the salt hotel in Tahua or the refuge in Coquesa where the rest of the day will be free.

Day 20. Tahua – Tunupa – Uyuni – La Paz
After breakfast we visit the archaeological centre of the Chullpares (graves) of Coquesa and its surroundings. We then continue to climb the Tunupa all the way to the viewpoint (you have the option to go by car) from where we have a panoramic view of the Salar de Uyuni. On the way down we pass the “Bofedales” (altitude wetlands) in order to see  the rose flamingos and we return to Uyuni. We arrive in Uyuni in the afternoon and the rest of the day is free.

Day 21. La Paz Departure
According to your time of departure* you are transferred from the hotel to the airport. For international flights, it is recommended to arrive at the airport 3 hours before scheduled departure. End of our services.

Important: Itinerary can change because of weather or social conditions and some sights are not always accessible – Lipiko Tours cannot be held responsible for any changes in itinerary and sights not visited as a result.

Important: Itinerary can change because of weather or social conditions and some sights are not always accessible – Lipiko Tours cannot be held responsible for any changes in itinerary and sights not visited as a result.  

 

 

 

General information:
Highlights: Santiago ,Valparaiso, San Pedro de Atacama,Tatio Geyser Field, Salar de Tara, Salta, Cafayate, Iguazu Waterfalls, Purmamarca, Tupiza, Laguna Verde, South Lipez, Salar de Uyuni, la Paz.

Support Team: English speaking tour leader for the entire tour for groups of 4 people or more. For smaller groups it is possible to book this tour without a tour leader. Instead you would have guided visits with a local guide in chosen language. Please contact us directly to receive a personalized quote.

Departure guaranteed: Group Tour: from 4 people. Individual Tour: from 2 people 

Accommodation: 21 nights in hotel.

Porterage: Your luggage will be transported either by plane, car, boat, and bus. You will have to carry the personal belongings (camera, water, etc.) which you need during the day. 

Service: For group above 4 people you will be accompanied by a tour leader in the chosen language. His role is to make sure that everything goes smoothly during the tour and that each individual and the group as a whole are safe. Don’t hesitate to ask him if you are unsure of anything and, very important, to follow his advice. 

Included in the price: 
- Water, air and land transfers as indicated in the program 
- Accommodation in hotel/hostel in double rooms, Ecolodge, shelter, home stay, camping, bus and plane as indicated in the program.
- Meals as mentioned in the program 
- The assistance of specialized local English speaking guides, their fees and expenses 
- The assistance of our local teams; driver(s) and logistics department (24/7) 
- Visits as outlined in the program 

Not included in the price:
 
- Entrance fees to sites visited, national parks and museums as indicated in the program (allow for approx. 1500 Argentine Peso (Argentian national currency) per person – in Brazil (allow for approx. 150 Brazilian Real (Brazilian national currency) per person – this is an estimate and actual prices may vary) 
- Meals not mentioned, drinks, tips, individual equipment, everything not mentioned in “included in the price” and all personal expenses 
- Individual obligatory personal travel insurance (this could be included with your credit card – please check with your credit card provider) 
- The supplement for a single room: 390 USD (subject to availability, must be reserved and paid upon reservation). Attention; no single room available for the nights with accommodation in shelter, home stay and camping. 
- Possible visa expenses
- International flights

 

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